Greece has announced a two-tier system for inoculated and Covid-recovered citizens and not vaccinated citizens in the sectors of entertainment, dining and recreation on Tuesday. The separation measures come amid strong reactions by owners of restaurants in first place.
According to the new measures restaurants, cinemas and theaters, for example, that opt for the ‘immune-only’ model will be allowed to increase capacity to 85%, while so-called ‘mixed areas’ are restricted to operate with 50% of their capacity.
In a press conference State Minister Giorgos Gerapetritis and the Minister of Development, Adonis Georgiadis, stated that the new framework follows recommendations by the National Bioethics Committee and in collaboration with the Infectious Diseases Committee.
Therefore, two modes of operation of open and closed enterprises are introduced:
A. Covid-Free Spaces
Meeting places accessible to those who have acquired immunity, ie have been vaccinated with two doses of vaccine or with a single-dose vaccine, and 14 days have passed after their final vaccination, or have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the last six (6) months.
B. Mixed spaces
Meeting places accessible to those who have acquired immunity as in “mixed spaces- plus to those tested negative to Covid-19 with molecular PCR or Rapid test in the last 48 hours.
Meeting places can declare if they will operate with A or B option from July 15 on a special electronic platform and have a special sign at their entrance.
Meeting places are divided into four categories:
A. Closed spaces other than entertainment centers (cinemas, theaters, restaurants, cafes).
B. Outdoor entertainment venues for non-pitched seating (live shows and spectacles).
C. Outdoor and indoor entertainment centers (music centers, clubs).
D. Open and closed sports facilities.
A. Indoor areas other than entertainment venues (cinemas, theaters, restaurants, cafes)
From July 1st for cinemas, from July 15th for the rest
Spaces that have been declared as A category operate with a maximum coverage of 85% of their capacity – without the use of face masks.
Spaces that have been declared as B category operate with a maximum coverage of 50% of their capacity, mandatory use of facemask and negative Rapid test result in the last 48 hours. Minors need a negative self-test result declared by their parents.
Theaters and cinemas with mandatory use of mask regardless of category.
B. Outdoor recreation areas other than stadiums (live shows and auditions)
State Minister Gerapetritis said that the measures have three goals:
- to serve the big project of vaccination
- to create a comprehensive network of public health protection in places where there is high crowding
- to gradually restore the freedom for those who have been vaccinated.
He that personal data and rights of citizens will be fully respected. The need to build immunity and regain our freedoms is insurmountable, he concluded.
Already the first negative reactions came from the restaurant sector, with one of Greece’s top chefs to express strong objection
“My job is not to control customers,” Lefteris Lazarou told media and stressed “it’s not possible that restaurant and cafe owners ask for vaccination certificates from their customers.”
“This is not my job, I have no time for this, it’s not my job to control customers at the entrance, my restaurant is clean,” Lazarou said.
“What happens if vaccinated and not vaccinated customers start a quarrel at the entrance?” he asked during an interview with state broadcaster ERT.
Lazarou underlined that focus should be to persuade citizens to get vaccination
PS The moment vaccination is not mandatory, no one can be put under political, social or other pressure to get vaccinated if he/she does not wish to do so.
You can not divide citizens according to their medical records. How about them who cannot get vaccination for medical issues?
What’s next in our Greek democracy? Hotels and beaches, rest rooms, buses and ferries for vaccinated and not vaccinated people and bracelet for the immune ones?
One should recall that when the vaccination legislation passed at the Parliament, it was clearly stated that the “vaccination is not mandatory” and “no distinctions can be made.”
Me, as a fully vaccinated and inoculated citizen since mid-May, I say that the measure is politically wrong and practically unimplementable.
Tell us what do you think?
Ι’m curious about the controller’s reaction at a restaurant entrance when I ask him to show me his vaccination pass. 😛